Mental Health & Wellness Department

Professional School Counseling

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    Help students navigate emotional and academic challenges.

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About the Program

This degree is designed as a practical program preparing entrance-level professionals to become competent professional school counselors. Practice is given in utilizing current counseling principles in real-world settings through practicum and internship experiences. Candidates are equipped with strategies including cognitive, affective, behavioral or systemic interventions that address wellness, personal growth, and crises. This base will provide candidates with competencies (as defined by CACREP and ACA) designed to positively impact a variety of people across K -12.

Courses meet current course requirements for K-12 licensure/practice for counseling in public or private schools, including higher education, as approved by the Arkansas Department of Education.

NOTE: Application of this degree varies according to the graduate’s goals. Examples: Licensure as a School Counselor in some states (excluding Arkansas) requires teacher licensure in addition to this degree.

Admission Requirements

  • Online application and fee
  • Official transcript 
    (Harding alumni will not need a Harding transcript)
  • Undergraduate degree
  • Three reference letters (professional or academic)
  • Professional Resume
  • Test scores from one of these: GRE, MAT, Praxis II (MS school only)
  • Valid teachers license (MS school only)
  • Immunization Record

Academic Catalog

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Curriculum Plan & Course Schedule

Internships and Practicums

Supervisors and students should contact the Mental Health and Wellness office for a direct link to training materials, handbooks and forms. Please contact Dr. Marc Fager for if you have additional questions.

Why Choose Harding's Professional Counseling Programs?

  • The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the following programs in the Professional Counseling Program in the College of Education at Harding University: Professional School Counseling (M.S.), and Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S./Ed.S.).
  • Practical tools/techniques for developing professional counseling skills
  • Faculty members with Christian values and real-world experiences
  • Current and up-to-date strategies and content
  • Training in a career choice that makes a difference through promoting mental and emotional well-being
  • Located in Northwest AR, Searcy, AR or Memphis, TN, with half of the program also available on the North Little Rock site gives you options for graduate school

Why is CACREP accreditation important?

  • CACREP accreditation signals that a program’s content and quality have been evaluated and meet strict, consistent standards set by the profession. Choosing a CACREP-accredited program also means the curriculum contains the academic knowledge necessary for professional licensure in many states.
  • CACREP-accredited programs assure students—and the public they will one day serve—that a program’s curriculum includes appropriate counseling coursework and skill development. It also ensures that the program is stable, both professionally and financially.
  • Benefits of graduating from a CACREP-accredited counseling program include:
    • Access to more employment opportunities.
    • An advantage when applying to doctoral degree programs.
    • A streamlined state counseling licensing application process.
    • The skills and credibility to maximize your impact on the counseling profession.
    • The opportunity to sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) exam prior to graduation.

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